FISHERSVILLE -- If you are expecting a baby, a new kind of blood test could make it possible to find out any chromosomal issues and the gender of your baby sooner than you think.
The test is administered at Augusta Health Care for Women. It is less invasive than previous tests.
Blood is extracted like a normal blood test. The DNA from the sample can then be analyzed to determine if the baby will be subject to any genetic disorders.
Since that information is available, it is simple to also check for the gender.
The test can give this information at just 10 weeks into the pregnancy and is 99% accurate. Previous tests were done at 15 weeks, had more inaccuracies and were far more invasive.
Certified nurse midwife, Mary Kwiezinski at Augusta Health Care for Women, says, "Some women think that they bond better with their babies if they know whether it's a boy or a girl. Start the name searching, the nursery color picking. Other women truly want to know, I have a high risk of down syndrome in my family, or for my age I have a high risk of having these problems, and I don't want to wait until 15 weeks."
The test is available at a novel price and at the family's discretion.
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